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Marriage Is Like The Army – Quote

Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you’d be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist. James Garner FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Conflicted-The Survival Card Game Review

Recently, a friend said, “Hey I’ve got this new card game that looks like it would be a hoot.”  He handed me the deck, and briefly gave an explanation of the idea behind the game.  I thumbed through the deck, and replied, “Looks interesting, we’ll have to play some time.”  Several weeks later, we decided to do a cook out and give the game a try.  I purposefully did not look the game up online so as not to taint my view of it by reading promotional material or other reviews.  All I knew going in was that it was a called Conflicted-The Survival Card Game and that it presented moral dilemmas for the players to discuss.  Game night finally arrived, and Mrs. Grumpy G, or as I more affectionately call her “She Who Must Be Obeyed” arrived on target.  The ladies made small talk, while our host and I sat on the deck watching dinner cook.  After dinner and a few drinks, we retired to the front room and commenced the night’s journey. Conflicted-The Survival Card Game Review – What you get: The publisher describes the game as: Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is a brand new way for survivalists to share their philosophies about prepping. It’s a game that can be a serious conversation between established prepper groups, or it can be a fun way to introduce someone to the concept of prepping.  Conflicted helps you show other preppers why you are prepping, why your reason for prepping matters, and what your survival philosophy is when choosing life vs your morals.  The quality of the cards is good.  They are nice and thick.  On one side is the game’s logo and deck number (there are two decks currently out).  The other side contains a short blurb describing the moral dilemma you face.  The scenarios range from mundane to “who’s the sick puppy that...

Love, Strength & Courage – Today’s Quote

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_love.html#K1Ssa2cwhGX1QCch.99 Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_love.html#K1Ssa2cwhGX1QCch.99 FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

The Prepper Marriage

The principles for a healthy prepper marriage are similar to the principles for any other healthy marriage but with the tremendous added complication that the spouses may be at different stages in the mental and emotional aspects of their respective preparedness journeys.  In fact, in my experience it’s rare to find a prepper family where both both spouses are equally convinced of the need to prepare and consequently, equally committed to preparedness.  Even if you and your husband or wife aren’t on exactly the same preparedness page you can use the techniques described here to strengthen your marriage and move towards more harmony in both your marriage and your preparedness life. Family and Community Support is one of the ten fundamentals of our Full Spectrum Preparednes Doctrine and there is no relationship more important to individual and family happiness and fulfillment than a healthy marriage.  If you and your spouse are mutually supportive and completely committed it also adds incalculable resilience to you both individually and to your family collectively.  Just like a strong faith in God is a ‘force multiplier,’ a strong sense of faith in your marriage and each other will give you the strength to better handle life’s adversities. Experts tell us that achieving and maintaining a healthy marriage is a process and you can use the following principals both to keep a great prepper marriage great or improve a marriage in jeopardy. Principals of A Health Prepper Marriage   Good Communications:  I started my commissioned service in the U.S. Army as a Signals Intelligence Officer.  As a SIGINTer we were trained in radio theory and application.  At it’s most basic, radio communications requires a transmitter and a receiver.  Often the transmitter and receiver swap roles to form a conversation where information or instructions are passed, questioned (for clarification), clarified and confirmed.  Communications works best when both the...

The Prepper Compact

Where would you go if you had to leave your home on short notice due to a local, regional or larger disaster?  You probably have family and friends who would be happy to put you up for a few days or a week…but where could you go if you needed refuge for weeks, months, or longer?  Maybe you’ve even taken the steps necessary to build a Bug Out Bag, but where would you bug out too?  That’s where a Prepper Compact can help you. A Prepper Compact is an agreement where one party agrees to take in the other party in the event of disaster or a bug out situation.  Compacts can be one way, reciprocal (between two parties) or mutual aid agreements among multiple parties.  The Prepper Compact clearly states the expectations and responsibilities of each party in advance so that adequate planning and preparation can take place. At a minimum a Prepper Compact should specify: What types of disasters will initiate the co-living situation?  For example, will you take in the other party after a job loss, local natural disaster like a wildfire or will it only be initiated by a long term ‘banking holiday,’ civil unrest or a breakdown in the rule of law. Who or how many will be taken in?  What happens if the bug out party shows up with Jimmy’s girlfriend and her 5 cousins unexpectedly? How long will the bugging out party be taken in for? What will the living arrangements be?  Will they be staying in Junior’s room, living in the family’s RV out back or in the loft of the barn? Will the party bugging out be required to preposition supplies at the bug out location?  If so, what type, how much and will they be commingled or stored separately. What happens to the bugging out family’s supplies if they...

No Substitute for Family – Today’s Quote

There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect.  No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things. President Gerald R. Ford FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

The Joy of Fatherhood – Today’s Quote

Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children. Bill Cosby FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Family is Everything – Today’s Quote

Family is not an important thing.  It’s everything. Michael J. Fox FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Happy Mother’s Day – Today’s Quote

If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! Rudyard Kipling FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

The Communist Easter Egg Hunt & Family Dynamics

As the economy gets worse and many families return to multi-generational households we must remember that successfully forming, blending and combining families and households requires more than love… it requires communication, cooperation, sensitivity and tolerance.  What does this have to do with a communist Easter egg hunt? I’ve had a couple reminders  of these family-forming (and transforming) challenges recently thanks to my daughters.  If properly handled, the new blended or multi-generational (household) family offers many opportunities to meet or improve everyone’s situation and needs. While my oldest daughter is considering moving her mother-in-law in and creating a multi-generational household with her new husband, my middle daughter is newly engaged and has already begun negotiations with her fiance on how they intend to raise their children…yeah… she’s much more mature than her dad was at that age. I recently caught a snippet of conversation between two of my daughters that caught my ear… “they only do communist Easter egg hunts…”  As you can imagine this strange statement piqued my interest so I asked my daughter what a communist Easter egg hunt is… Background As I mentioned, middle daughter is engaged to marry a young man of whom I think very highly.  He’s the middle of three boys and daughter #2 is the middle of three girls.  Both are very family-oriented and are slaves to their own sense of family traditions.  Unfortunately, they’re going to be faced with all the challenges of a mixed marriage.  Future son-in-law is the son of a mother who’s a highly educated (PHD) New York liberal and my wife was raised to be an Ozark hillbilly.  Luckily both fathers are military men which gives them much more in common than just beautiful, loving mothers with strong convictions. So, what kind of prenuptial negotiations do the children of a New York liberal and a libertarian redneck enter...

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